The Last Fight

The Battle for Graudenz, West Prussia, 1945

Krzysztof Drozdowski

The book describes the battles of German forces with the Red Army against the city-fortress of Graudenz in West Prussia, February-March 1945
Publication date:
September 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
19 b/w ills, 3 b/w maps
No associated books available.


• An authoritative account of one of the Second World War's last great sieges
• Graudenz was one of Nazi Germany's last opportunities to stem the Russian advance
• The Battle has been overlooked by many Second World War historians

In the middle of February 1945 the city and the fortress of Graudenz (Grudziądz), in West Prussia, were under siege. The defence of Graudenz, led by Gen. Ludwig Fricke, lasted until March 6, when the entire German army capitulated, and most soldiers were taken prisoner. The description of battles is enriched with numerous reports of mainly German soldiers. This is the first publication describing the struggle for Graudenz in 1945. The book is enhanced with appendices containing orders of battle, besides featuring rare photographs.